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NFL season-opener pick: Denver Broncos will top Baltimore Ravens

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Peyton Manning is seeking revenge after losing to the Ravens in last year's AFC Divisional round.

The 2013 season kicks off tonight as the Broncos host the Ravens in a rematch of the AFC Divisional round. Will Peyton Manning and the Broncos avenge the 38-35 double-OT loss that sent them packing? Can the Ravens start their title defense with a win on the road?

Thursday, Sept. 5
 
8:30 p.m. ET (NBC) Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos
Here's the deal, Denver: When you somehow draw the home game in the high-profile season-opener only because the defending Super Bowl champion Ravens had a scheduling conflict with the Orioles, you don't get to whine about seeing Joe Flacco's picture plastered on your stadium. Beat the Ravens, then complain. So much to keep an eye on tonight in a rematch of last year's AFC Divisional round, including Elvis Dumervil in white and purple, Wes Welker in orange and two Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks in the game. But does anyone have the spotlight on them in this one quite like third-year Broncos safety Rahim Moore, who seeks redemption for that 70-yard Jacoby Jones touchdown bomb late in regulation in the playoffs?
 
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